Naga Munchetty apologises after phone goes off on air

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Naga Munchetty was told off by her output editor as she seemingly struggled to turn off her ringtone, while interviewing a guest on air. The 46-year-old laughed about the irony of the mishap, as she was interviewing guests about whether phones should or shouldn’t be allowed in schools.

The presenter caught up with Tom Bennett, the government’s behaviour tsar, school headteacher Becky Arnold and parents named Elise and Phillipa to discuss the topic.

As Phillipa shared her thoughts, Naga’s phone could be heard going off.

“I’m so sorry, do you know what, that was my phone,” she swiftly told her guest.

As she seemingly struggled to turn it off, she could be heard saying: “It’s so inappropriate, argh!”

Naga went on to explain that the phone call was work-related, adding: “I’m being told off by my output editor as well.

“I was sent a message regarding emojis and oh, I’m so sorry, that’s so embarrassing.”

The presenter added she believed her phone was on silent and swiftly turned it off.

“Anyway, I really apologise,” she concluded, as she moved on.

The topic was discussed on her show following Education Secretary Gavin Williamson’s recent plea to make schools mobile-free.

He described the use of phones during class time as “distracting” and “damaging”.

He added as part of a statement: “In order for us to help pupils overcome the challenges from the pandemic and level up opportunities for all young people, we need to ensure they can benefit from calm classrooms which support them to thrive.”

Before her chat with guests, Naga had caught up with a social media influencer about the use of emojis.

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The host was left perplexed after realising some of the emojis she used could be seen as offensive.

The BBC star was particularly left startled to discover that a thumbs up emoji could be interpreted as sarcastic.

She went on to question whether people of her age should stop using them.

It’s not the first apology Naga has had to issue this week.

On Twitter yesterday, a listener tuned into her show told her that her tapping on the keyboard could be noticeably heard.

The BBC Radio 5 Live fan wrote: “@TVNaga01 you have the loadest keyboard and mouse mouse ever,”(sic) followed by crying with laughter emojis.

In response, she commented: “Oops – sorry – will be better! x.”

Naga Munchetty’s show airs Monday to Wednesday on BBC Radio 5 from 10am.

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